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Published January 31, 2011, 11:29 AM

Coon Rapids boy dies in snowmobile accident

ZIMMERMAN, Minn. (AP) — Sherburne County authorities say a 13-year-old Coon Rapids boy died this weekend after his snowmobile went over a snow bank and hit some trees.

ZIMMERMAN, Minn. (AP) — Sherburne County authorities say a 13-year-old Coon Rapids boy died this weekend after his snowmobile went over a snow bank and hit some trees.

Sheriff Joel Brott says Mitchell Johnson was unconscious and had head injuries when paramedics arrived at the Sand Dunes State Forest parking lot, about three miles west of Zimmerman, on Sunday. He says Mitchell was wearing a helmet but efforts to revive him failed.

Minnesota Public Radio reports the sheriff says investigators believe Johnson crossed the parking lot, went airborne after hitting a snow bank and couldn't turn the snowmobile to avoid the trees.

In another fatal Minnesota snowmobile accident over the weekend, 31-year-old Christopher Ebensteiner, of Sartell, was killed when two snowmobiles collided on a frozen lake in Mahnomen County on Saturday.

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